Blog Post 9 (Jacques)

Jacques Charrier
November 25, 2018
Blog post 9

3 things I learned:

First: The Postmodern professionalism proposed by Hargreaves and Godson is the idea that teachers are more than just people who teach a standardized curriculum; they are problem solvers who contribute to the whole construct of education. Teachers are encouraged to promote equitable policies within the school, and required to share new ideas that will further students’ learning. The Edcan article by Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnston shows that in Singapore teachers spend less than half their day teaching, with the rest dedicated to educational work beyond their classrooms.

Second: Teachers are supposed to invest in acquiring a unique body of knowledge that they will in turn project onto their students. A teacher needs to have thoughtful, up-to-date knowledge of the subjects they are teaching in order to be responsible educators. They also need to be professional. Self-regulation is very important in this regard in order to make sure that assignments and tests are handed back in timely manner. In the activist teacher identity reading it is stated that the education ministries can revoke teaching certificates if teachers are too tardy, or uncooperative. Furthermore, the reading indicates that teachers’ personal lives are not entirely separate from their teaching duties. In other words, teachers must strive to live by certain values in everything they do. For example, teachers need to uphold a certain code of ethics in and out of their working environment. This is especially is relevant when concerned with matters of honor and dignity.

Third: In the reading Exploring Teacher Identity, Krista Yerkes argues for a special focus on experiences and thoughts that go into the transition from student to teacher. Yerkes stresses the importance of small, meaningful events that have a big impact on the journey to teaching. To demonstrate this, Yerkes opens her journal to us–where she shows that the simple task of recording events allowed her to reprocess past and present information. This practice helped her paint the personal picture of what a teacher should be. Many events, experiences, thoughts, and support groups were inspirational and informative during the journey. Interestingly, one of the things Yerkes mentions that made her feel like she had crossed over to being a teacher was the click clack of her shoes when she walked down the school hallway.

2 connections:

First: Self-regulation is something that is valuable in any profession. Surprisingly, it is very easy to tell when someone is a procrastinator or has trouble staying motivated. I remember back in high school having a couple of teachers who were very tardy in handing back assignments and tests. Because of this tardiness their reputation was impacted and many of the students grumbled behind the teacher’s back.

Second: Just like Yerkes I keep a journal for my thoughts and experiences. And likewise I find it very helpful when trying to figure out the meaning of everyday experiences and feelings. Also, I find the journal to be like my own little safe where I am able to store personal information. I agree with Yerkes’ idea of small events have big and meaningful impacts. For example, when I am able to make a little sketch on paper that looks good–that is enough to make my day. I am confident that beyond the realm of personal growth and development, my journal will also help me to realize my goal of becoming a responsible and effective teacher.

1 question:

What is the best way for teachers to voice their opinions on education outside the classroom?

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